Save Moreton Bay - Stop Toondah Harbour development
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This is our last chance to save the endangered Eastern Curlew and many of the 20 species of shorebirds, turtles and other marine life who call Toondah Harbour home.
These precious species and Toondah's rich tidal mangrove ecology will be lost forever if the Walker Corporation is allowed to concrete over 42 hectares (40 rugby fields) of these internationally-listed Ramsar wetlands in the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
The constant dredging and dumping of the spoil into the surrounding bay to service the 200 berth marina and the associated increase in boat strikes as well as pollution from the 3600 apartments will cause 'permanent and irreversible damage'.
Now that the Federal Government has declared the development a ‘controlled action’, allowing the project to proceed to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) stage, ONLY the Federal Environment Minister can reject this application.
In order to push through this development to this stage, the Walker Corporation has threatened legal action against the Federal Government after the Department advised the Minister it was 'clearly unacceptable'.
They also sought to have the protected wetlands boundary moved, donated almost a quarter of a million dollars to both state and federal governing parties at key approval points and entered a binding, confidential agreement with Redlands City Council who supported it.
The Queensland Government created a Priority Development Area which limited public consultation and scrutiny and signed up as well.
Instead of selling off this public land, fencing out the public and concreting over this marine sanctuary, this private apartment development could be accommodated on already heavily altered urban land in the area in and around the existing ferry terminal which could still be upgraded.
Ever since I was a little boy, I have always been captivated by the magic of these mangroves and the amazing wildlife they support, it would break my heart to lose this precious place.
Please help us stop this act of environmental vandalism and make sure future generations can enjoy the sight of rare shorebirds roosting after some flying more than 10,000 kilometres for eight days non-stop without a drink, food or sleep break.
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